Sky PerfecTV prepares for UHD with Harmonic | 4K/UltraHD | News | Rapid TV News
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Japanese pay-TV operator Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) is to upgrade its direct-to-home (DTH) headend to support HD and ultra HD (UHD) over IP, following a deal with Harmonic.

Harmonic Electra 12Nov2018Harmonic is supplying SJC with IP-based video and stream processing technology, along with an integrated playout solution to simplify the delivery of HD channels for its Sky PerfecTV! service.

“As the only multi-channel pay-TV platform operator covering Japan, we have millions of subscribers counting on us to deliver a world-class entertainment experience,” said Shuhei Yamaura, managing executive officer, broadcasting engineering group, SJC.

“Harmonic has been a long-standing technology partner in helping us transition to software-based systems and an industry frontrunner in delivering HD and UHD channels. As we unleash over 180 HD and six UHD channels for MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC distribution, Harmonic’s video platforms will provide exceptional efficiency through software and intelligent function collapse.”

The Electra video processing and ProStream X stream processing systems will provide optimal HD and UHD video quality, as well as bandwidth efficiency for SJC’s new DTH headend, claims Harmonic. In addition, Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server features channel-in-a-box capabilities to allow Sky PerfecTV! to deliver a rich on-air presentation to subscribers.

“We are proud to launch UHD channels at Sky PerfecTV! in Japan, where UHD is at the forefront and leading higher resolution video experiences around the world,” said Shahar Bar, senior vice president, corporate development, Harmonic.

“SJC chose Harmonic  for this upgrade based on our proven track record in helping operators around the globe transition their video processing infrastructure towards software-based technologies while maintaining the highest standard of quality and reliability.”